The Arthritis Foundation—December 13, 2017
In an article by The Arthritis Foundation, HSS rheumatologist Theodore R. Fields, MD, FACP discussed why remission and relapses can occur in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
During remission, the article reported that patients could potentially stop taking medication. Dr. Fields said "I have some patients who have been off medication for a couple of years and stayed in remission."
Additionally, Dr. Fields explained that flares could appear in remission as well.
"Flares are important. They may be telling you that a drug that was initially working is losing its effectiveness," he added.
Read the full article at arthritis.org